Many of us have always dreamed of jobs that would allow us to travel extensively and find jobs in nearly any part of the world. What many people do not realise however is that these jobs are out there and for some, travel jobs are an ultimately rewarding career choice.
For a number of years jobs within the travel industry have been viewed with disdain as a career choice that will lead to little and simply look to prospective employers as a period of working in unchallenging jobs. This is fast being forgotten however as employers are increasingly seeing a period of working abroad as a worthwhile element on any CV. Appearing to be well travelled and spending a considerable amount of time in travel jobs abroad shows that candidates are able to cope with life on their own and have a great deal of responsibility. After all, many employers are looking for employees with initiative and the ability to act independently.
There are all manner of jobs in the travel and tourism industry open to candidates who wish to have the pleasures of working abroad. If in the hospitality trade already the transition to working abroad is easy. If you have bar experience you will be able to travel and find work readily. For those who have worked in hotels there is a wide variety of opportunities open to you. Hotels abroad are crying out for workers who will be able to put visitors at ease; welcome them in a friendly manner and deal with any problems that may occur. Having experience before you head abroad is strongly advisable if looking a hotel jobs in holiday resorts.
We have all seen those television programmes of holiday reps rolling around drunk and partying hard in what many would consider ideal jobs. In reality however the travel industry frowns upon such activities and would far prefer candidates who are responsible and trustworthy. Being a holiday rep requires a large amount of responsibility; you are in charge of a large group of people and must ensure that first and foremost they are safe, but just as importantly, ensure they have a good time while they are on holiday. You must also represent the holiday company at all times and all of the principles it stands for; providing good customer service is a large part of this job role.
Specialist skills are largely needed in the travel industry for all manner of jobs. Instructors in fields such as diving, horse riding and golf are usually required in many resorts. These types of jobs could well be considered the jackpot. Workers are able to do the things they love in the sun. Golf tutors are especially needed in the Spanish resorts where golf is increasingly becoming a part of many holidays. The value of an instructor who can speak English and teach tourists along lines they will recognise cannot be underestimated.
To make yourself even more eligible for travel jobs it is worth learning another language. Being bi-lingual or even possessing more than two languages is a skill in high demand. This means you can converse not only with tourists from your own country, but with tourists from other nations and the locals. It may take some time to become fluent in a variety of languages but the rewards are ultimately worthwhile, the jobs open to a multi-lingual candidate are extremely diverse.
Travel jobs really are the dream for many and if you have skills that the travel industry requires it is well worth investigating the options open to you. Future employers will see a couple of years spent working abroad as a valuable asset that adds to a rounded candidate. Working abroad will allow you to enjoy all the pleasures of being on holiday without the need to come home. If you think you can manage the long periods away from your friends and family, working within the various sectors of the travel and tourism industry may well be your ideal career path.
Tourism expert Thomas Pretty looks into variety of travel jobs is available and ways in which candidates can make themselves more appealing to recruiters.